Salvos Research Finds Aussies in Deepening Daily Struggle

The Salvation Army is urging the Federal Government to reconsider its decision not to increase the Newstart allowance after research has revealed the devastating hardship many Australians are facing.
The 2018 Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS), a survey of 1,267 people who call on Salvation Army services, has found the average Newstart recipients are living on just $17.00 a day after accommodation expenses*.
The survey, released to coincide with the Salvos Red Shield Appeal, included stories of people fighting to survive on a Newstart allowance, which has failed to rise with inflation for 24 years.
The Salvation Army’s Major Paul Moulds says the research confirms the Federal budget failed Australians doing it tough.
“It is simply inhumane that corporations and wealthy households are handed a tax cut, while the most disadvantaged and marginalised people in this country continue to be ignored,” Major Moulds said.
“It is widely acknowledged it will take a minimum increase of $75 a week just to ensure people can live on the poverty line – let alone above it.”
The Salvation Army says the inaction of the Federal Government will put further pressure on the charity to help families make ends meet. It’s calling on the Australian public to give generously to its upcoming Red Shield Appeal, saying the need is now greater than ever.
“With increases in the cost of living, we see people going without medication, skipping meals and adequate winter heating because they are caught in the cycle of poverty.
“We encourage those, who are able, to donate or volunteer for this year’s appeal because no one should have to go it alone. The Salvos can only meet the great need within our community because, year after year, Australians come together to stand by those doing it tough.”
The Salvation Army national effort in a typical week:
– More than over 17,000 beds for those suffering homelessness
– 40,000 meals for the hungry
– Over 1400 financial counselling sessions
– Refuge for over 100 women affected by domestic violence
To volunteer for the Red Shield Doorknock register online at You can donate to the Red Shield Appeal by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), visiting, in person at any Westpac branch or Salvo Store or by posting a cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city.
* Accommodation expenses refers to all housing costs paid, such as mortgage, private rent, public housing, or board. The remaining $17 per day needs to cover all other living expenses like food, bills, transport, health, etc.
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